To begin this exercise break the group up into pairs. Give the pairs a topic of conversation that you have decided on. One person in the pair begins to talk about the topic that you have given. They are the initiator. The other person in the pair, the follower, mirrors the words that the first partner exactly out loud. Their goal is to speak the words that the initiator is saying exactly. After a short time the sidecoach will say “Change” and the follower will now start to be the initator, picking up where the two just left off. The first speaker will now become the follower and begin to mirror the words of the new initator. The goal is to have no break in the flow of the conversation. For example:
Sidecoach: Ok the topic is meditation. First speaker begin!
1st Speaker (initiator): Meditation is something that you can do anytime and anywhere…
2nd Speaker (follower): mirroring speech simultaneously Meditation is something that you can do anytime and anywhere…
After a period of time
Sidecoach: Change! Try not to stop the flow.
Change the initiator and follower several more times throughout the conversation.
In reverence, talk about what it was like sharing the conversation. Was it hard to keep the flow? Did it get easier as you went along? Did you begin to know what the other person was going to say? Did you share some wisdom or learn something new?
Spolin, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1986. Print.
Great for the themes of: The Sources, Wisdom. This could work with any theme if you provide it as the topic of conversation.